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2012 Tour de France, Stage 14: Luis Leon Sanchez Wins, Avoids Sharp Objects

As the Tour de France moved into the Pyreenes, the event became dramatic, if not dangerous, as possible fighting between cyclists, and tacks and nails being thrown onto the road by unruly fans were the story.

While Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez won the stage, the real story was toward the end of the stage, as ITV4 showed video of spectators throwing tacks on to the course. A number of racers' bike tires were punctured, including Robert Kiserlovski, who was forced to remove himself toward the end of the stage after crashing due to a busted tire.

Additionally, Slovakian Peter Sagan, who finished second to Sanchez in Sunday's stage but still holds the green jersey, revealed in his post-stage interview that he was "attacked" by Sanchez while trying to unwrap an energy bar. Sagan admitted that there were no hard feelings toward Sanchez, just a case of inexperience and a lesson learned.

Here are the top 10 racers from Sunday's Mur de Peguere:

  1. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank
  2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
  3. Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
  4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC
  5. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
  6. Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
  7. Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
  8. Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
  9. Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
  10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank

Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey after Sunday's stage, despite finishing nearly 15 minutes back of Sanchez because of tackgate, maintaining just over a two-minute overall lead over his teammate, Robert Fromme.

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